Everyday, you go to work, whether it's at home or a long commute. You take care of your business. You take care of your family, from your parents, siblings, children and/or grandchildren. Everyone seems to get your attention, except you...
Your body aches, from hours of working, tension from stress, and you can't think of the last time you had a peaceful night of rest. Your mind is constantly filled with a list of tasks, none of which include a moment for you. You're tired, but someone else has asked you to assist with a project, and/or you need to meal prep for the week for your family. You only go to the doctor, when you're making an appointment for someone else, once you've finished being both nurse and doctor to your loved ones.
STOP!!! You can't go on like this!
It's time to take care of yourself too. Why? Well, let's see:
- Decrease stress, which will also lead to,
- A healthier life/lifestyle (physical and mental)
- A sense of life fulfillment, including
- More satisfaction in your life
- YOU DESERVE IT!
You are just as worthy of peace, happiness and fulfillment as anyone else. A wonderful article in Forbes reminds us of how important it is to know your worth, and to remember that running ourselves down is counterproductive to work productivity and quality of work.
I'm sure it probably seems like everyone is always harping on and on about self-care around you, and you don't listen. You're too busy trying to build a life for your family or help someone else build their business, while your ideas stay locked away.
Well, make yesterday the last day of self neglect and today the first day of saying "Yes" to you! Change your mindset from seeing it as selfish, to seeing how it is also beneficial to the ones around you. Taking care of yourself effects every aspect of your life: mind, soul, body and spirit.
Stop struggling with saying "No" to others, and start consciously saying "Yes" to what's best for you. As a mother, daughter, big sister and mentor, I know exactly what it feels like to be pulled in every direction. I also know what's it's like to struggle with feeling like taking time for myself is unnecessary, when it seems like others need me. However, there comes a time when you have to realize that there will always be someone or something that could use your attention, but if you don't take/make the time to pay attention to yourself, then you can find yourself crashing in more than one capacity (mental, physical, and/or emotional).
As always, I am your passionately-driven ChristalNicole, leaving you with the hopes of enlightenment and strength. For any questions or discussions, I am just a click away...